Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on the blood of humans. While bed bugs are a health concern, they are not known to transmit diseases through bites. Bed bugs use a small beak to pierce through skin and drink human blood. They are most active throughout the night and early morning while people are sleeping.

These insects can quickly spread by “hitchhiking” on traveling people, luggage, furniture, or clothing. Female bed bugs can lay between 1 to 5 eggs each day and will lay between 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. One pregnant bed bug might lead to a full-blown infestation within six months!

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Signs and Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites

While many people don’t feel the initial bite, common signs of bed bug bites are small dots surrounding irritation and inflammation. Those who are hypersensitive to bites can exhibit more severe symptoms.

 

Symptoms typically occur quickly after the bite, though they can continue to develop or progress over the next few days. As a result, symptoms will usually resolve after about a week. Although, bed bug bites will almost always produce some level of itchiness, inflammation, and discomfort.

Additional signs and symptoms of bed bug bites can include:

  • A painful burning sensation
  • Raised itchy bumps with a clear center
  • Red itchy bumps with a lighter and swollen surrounding area
  • Red welts or bumps in a line or zig-zag pattern
  • Small red bumps surrounded by hives or blisters
  • Spots of blood from bites that are often dried or stained into sheets
  • Reddish or reddish-brown stains on fabric from bed bug droppings
  • Shed white or clear skin from maturing nymphs

The most common result of an infestation is the loss of sleep. Related symptoms may include irritability, decreased energy, and inability to concentrate. The CDC states that “Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.”

If you notice any of the signs of bed bugs in your home or business, don’t wait and schedule your inspection today! Call A-1 Bonded Termite at 714-502-9230.

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What Bed Bug Bites Look Like

Normally, bed bug bites will typically appear as red bumps with either a light or dark center. The area surrounding the spots is usually swollen or blistered as well. Bed bug bites can occur in a line or a zig-zag pattern on the skin and can be anywhere the skin was exposed while sleeping.

How To Treat Bed Bug Bites

While there are few treatments for bed bug bites, some options are available to prevent worsening symptoms. First, use soap and water to clean the wound and prevent infection. For itchy bites, you can try over-the-counter hydrocortisone, anti-itch creams, or antihistamines. Secondary infections might occur due to scratching itchy bites. When an infection occurs, you may be prescribed antibiotics or other treatments by your doctor. If you experience severe swelling, itchiness, or inflammation, please seek medical attention. These may be signs of an allergic reaction.

Appearance

Unfed adults and young bed bugs are translucent in color. Fed adults are about 1/4-inch in length and are a reddish-brown to dark brown color. They have flattened, oval-shaped bodies, six legs, and run quickly to disperse throughout a structure. For more information about what bed bugs look like, please visit our pest library or bed bug identification page.

Bed Bug Control & Removal

One in five Americans have personally dealt with a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has. Since bed bugs can multiply very quickly, remember to call for an inspection at the very first sign of a bed bug infestation. Our bed bug removal services are efficient for treating a current infestation and preventing a future issue!

We don’t recommend DIY methods for treating bed bugs. These insects have a natural response to avoid chemical treatments or irritants. They move away from what is bothering them, which may result in a more widespread infestation.

While you might commonly find bed bugs within a bed, they are happy to make other furniture or comfy crevices in their home. Local treatments can discourage bed bugs from nesting in one location, while these critters detour to another space in your home or business. They might move to carpets, rugs, couches, another room or bed, etc.

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Fumigation

First, the most effective treatment option for bed bugs is fumigation. For example, this treatment targets and completely eliminates bed bugs from your structure. However, professional treatment may be an option depending on the severity of the infestation. Our team will provide a detailed inspection and create a specific plan for your needs. From a minimally invasive pesticide treatment to full property tenting and fumigation, our team has you covered!

A-1 Bonded Termite’s bed bug fumigation will eliminate 100% of bed bugs, eggs, and other invasive insects. Bed bug fumigation is ideal for any of the following situations:

  • When the infestation is moderate or severe.
  • The infestation requires immediate removal within multi-unit buildings such as hotels, apartments, or school dorms.
  • Any occupants are highly allergic to bites.
  • There is zero tolerance for infestations.
  • Repeated local treatments have failed.
  • Other treatment types might damage high-value furniture or custom mattresses.

Bed bug fumigation usually consists of a three-day process. Please visit our bed bug fumigation page for more information about this treatment.

 Contact Us

If you have a bed bug infestation, contact A-1 Bonded Termite at 714-502-9230 to schedule an inspection. Also, you can also use the form on our contact page to send us a message.

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